Week 10 is here and the Indianapolis Colts will be trying to make a statement against one of the best rosters in the NFL before their Week 11 bye, as they attempt to take out the Pittsburgh Steelers. As for the rest of the league’s games there’s only one divisional game this week, but there is a solid lineup as teams begin to separate themselves from their foes and the records become more important each and every week.
The Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, who are struggling to find their way, will be facing off against a feisty Chicago Bears squad coming off of their bye week. The Bears have their work cut out for them the rest of the season, but if they hope to make the NFC North a three-horse race, a win over their rivals will be necessary to get on any sort of a roll.
Some additional potential great games to watch are the hot New Orleans Saints traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills which is never an easy task, the much improved Jacksonville Jaguars will attempt to maintain their momentum against Phillip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers who are 2-2 on the road this season and hoping to get back into the Wild Card hunt. The Tennessee Titans are hoping to keep pace, or take the lead on the Jaguars by taking out the struggling Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings are looking to extend their lead on the division with a win over the stingy Washington Redskins who are desperate to climb the ranks in the NFC East and remain relevant for their chances in reaching the postseason.
The Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots appear to be large favorites over the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, respectively, in the two primetime matchups. But, the game of the week very well could be the Dallas Cowboys traveling to Atlanta – without their stud running back Ezekiel Elliott – with pounding the Falcons in mind in order to keep pace in the division. While Matt Ryan will be hoping to springboard his offense into the second half of the season, Dak Prescott will be grinding to find another weapon to smooth out the offense with Elliott out.
Overall, it should be a pretty solid lineup for our Week 10 enjoyment as we know there will be some surprises, but we simply hope to see some great football with no serious injuries for once. Our staff landed correctly on 8 of the 12 games – on Sunday and Monday – and while our pick rate over the past several weeks took a slight dip, we’re still sitting at 82.7% (43 of 52) over the last month.
This week the following contributors voted on each game: Brett Mock, Matt Danely, Josh Hudgens, Stephen Reed, Faraz Majid, Chris Shepherd, Chris Blystone, Andrew Aziz, Jared Malott and Jake Arthur. Again, our group voted ‘winners’ which have been bolded, with the vote counts in parenthesis and unanimous predictions were noted by an asterisk (*). Also with 10 voters, ties go to the home squad.
Thus far the staff’s numbers are: Faraz Majid – 51/79 (64.6%) | Brett Mock – 77/123 (62.6%) | Chris Blystone – 71/123 (57.7%) | Matt Danely – 69/123 (56.1%) | Andrew Aziz – 74/123 (60.2%) | Jake Arthur – 67/108 (62%) | Jared Malott – 72/110 (65.4%) | Stephen Reed – 59/111 (53.2%) | Chris Shepherd – 54/97 (55.7%) | Josh Hudgens – 57/93 (61.3%)
Sunday @ 1:00 ET
Saints @ Bills (6) – Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Chris Shepherd, Jared Malott, Josh Hudgens
Bengals @ Titans (9) – Contrarian: Stephen Reed
Chargers @ Jaguars (7) – Contrarians: Matt Danely, Aziz, Hudgens
Steelers* @ Colts
Jets (8) @ Bucs – Contrarians: Brett Mock, Reed
Browns @ Lions*
Packers @ Bears (9) – Contrarian: Reed
Vikings @ Redskins (6) – Contrarians: Faraz Majid, Jake Arthur, Chris Blystone, Mock
Sunday @ 4:05 ET
Texans @ Rams*
Sunday @ 4:25 ET
Giants (6) @ 49ers – Contrarians: Danely, Mock, Shepherd, Blystone
Cowboys @ Falcons (5/5) – Contrarians: Danely, Mock, Majid, Malott, Blystone
Sunday @ 8:30 ET
Patriots* @ Broncos
Monday @ 8:30 ET
Dolphins @ Panthers (9) – Contrarian: Blystone